Somewhat unexpectedly, the Wake County school system posted the full draft 2013-14 student assignment plan online in advance of Tuesday's school board presentation.
As noted in today's article, this document shows that the plan recommends reassigning 1,479 students, most of whom would go to three "new" schools: Richland Creek Elementary, Rolesville Middle and Rolesville High.
For the second year in a row, staff is recommending delaying the opening of Abbotts Creek Elementary. The document doesn't say why, but some families have balked at the thought of going to a modular school whose funding isn't in place for the permanent building.
Stay where you start is in the plan as it expands the grade levels to allow all students to stay at their current school. This means 1,050 of the 1,479 are eligible for grandfathering.
But since most of the grandfathered students face reassignment to a new school, grandfathering would mean loss of transportation.
Since most of the reassignments seem to be designed to fill the new schools or to create spots for magnet applicants at Fox Road Elementary School, not much was done to deal with overcrowding in other areas. Instead, you've got a proposal for full enrollment caps at 12 schools and partial caps at 22 schools.
Some of the schools recommended for full caps are popular ones like Lacy Elementary and Davis Drive Elementary. Considering how real-estate agents grumbled about the choice plan keeping families out of schools like Lacy, this could raise some eyebrows.
In terms of magnet schools, the plan addresses two things previously discussed at an October board work session.
The plan recommends returning to making all rising sixth- and ninth-grade magnet students apply to advance to the next magnet school level. This would cover group one, two and three magnets.
These students would have the second highest priority behind siblings. It's a change from the choice plan where the students were moved into the next magnet level without having to do anything.
In a related feeder issue, the plan says that feeder paths from the choice plan will be honored "to the extent possible" if they're requested next year by rising sixth- and ninth-graders.
The plan also restores the setting aside of 10 percent of magnet openings by random lottery.
One unusual thing is that the plan is scheduled to be presented Tuesday during the work session in the board conference room. Historically, the plan is presented during the regular meeting in the main board room where it's broadcast on cable.